Etsy Shop Spotlight – Petals to Picots + A Giveaway!

It’s time to shine the spotlight on another creative and talented Etsy shop owner!

This month, our spotlight shop owner is Kara Gunza from Petals to Picots! Her Etsy page features original crochet patterns for all kinds of items! Kara prides her designs on being unique, easy to understand, and accurate. You can see all of the items Kara has for sale HERE.

Original Crochet Patterns from Petals to Picots by petalstopicots

A few of our favorite items from the shop:

Here’s more about Kara and her Etsy shop owner experiences:

  • How long have you been selling on Etsy?

I have been selling on Etsy since 2011.

  • What made you decide to sell on Etsy?

Etsy is simply the best venue for handmade and crafty items. It’s the first place I always went to shop so I knew it was where I wanted to sell too.

  • How do you choose what to make and sell in your shop?

My passion is crochet, and designing crochet patterns in particular. My choice of designs is mostly inspired by my everyday life and what I am wishing for at the moment … for example, a pair of cozy slippers I can wear around the house, or a fun and fashionable scarf, or a cute bath towel for my son. These are all things I made because I wanted them for myself. I figured if I’m loving them then maybe my customers would love too!

  • How long does the average item in your shop take to make?

The actual designing and pattern writing can take days or weeks depending on how difficult the item or stitch pattern is or whether I need to take multiple sizing options into consideration.

  • Why do you think Etsy is such a great place to buy?

I think Etsy is such a great place to sell because Etsy customers are great. In my experience, Etsy customers really value quality handmade items and have an appreciation for the time and talent that goes into the items.

  • What is your most favorite item that you’ve ever sold or listed?

My favorite item is definitely my mobius scarf pattern ( because I wear it all the time … I have one version that I worked up in a cozy yarn that I throw on as a regular outerwear scarf, but I also worked one up in a lighter weight yarn and wear it as a cute accessory to jazz up an everyday outfit. It’s just so versatile and cute!

  • Have you had any crazy requests for items?

Crazy … hmmm … no, not really. I’ve had some custom requests from customers but none that were too crazy.

  • What advice would you offer to someone wants to get started on ETSY?

Do it! Stop planning, stop ‘what if’-ing, and follow your passion. You may be surprised with where it will lead.

  • What is the most important lesson you have learned when selling on ETSY?

I have learned so many valuable lessons through Etsy … I’ve learned about marketing, SEO, keeping my finances organized, photography tips, customer service, networking, and so much more. It has really been a complete education in business in general for me and I still have so much to learn.

  • Do you sell at Craft Fairs/Bazaar’s too?  If yes, what would be the main difference between the customers you get there and the ones you get on ETSY?

No, I haven’t tried selling at craft fairs yet … that may be something to consider in the future though.

etsy cover image-kara

Etsy is pretty awesome, right?! Well, one lucky reader will win a $50 gift card to Etsy! To enter, just leave a comment below telling us what your favorite item in Kara’s shop is, and use the Rafflecopter widget below for extra entries!

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  1. barbara macaskill says

    I am stalking your blog hoping to see my name as the lucky $50 Etsy credit winner but have not seen an announcement yet. Did I miss it?? Please let us know who the lucky winner is. Thank you! :-)

  2. Rosie says

    I love the Ear Warmer Crochet Pattern! I’ve been thinking of making one out of fleece, and now winter is almost over. This is so dog-gone cute, I’d wear it in summer! So I went through this winter wrapping my scarf around my head, no cute ear warmer!

  3. says

    It’s hard to pick a favorite! I recently favorited the Petals to Picots shop from the Ripple Baby Blanket I recently saw related to a charity involving making blankets and hats for babies. I went straight to her shop and favorited the item! I haven’t yet been brave enough to attempt ripples yet, but definitely eyeballing this pattern as a first.

  4. Megan Sandford says

    My favorite would have to be the bowling ball&pins set ^_^ it’s so cute&I know some little 1s who would love it too ^_^!!

  5. Julie says

    Favorite?? How can I choose just one! The lace shawl with beaded edging probably caught my eye first, though, such a delicate, feminine pattern and I love the color.

  6. Danielle Justice says

    So hard to pick just one, they are all so great!! I love the mobius infinity Scarf & The ladies crochet slippers. Just beautiful work!

  7. Kim McLaurine says

    I absolutely adore the Owl crochet pattern! I am all about Owls and Pandas so anything to do with either…I am all over it!

  8. Danielle says

    I am a HUGE Petals to Picots fan!! Picking my favorite was too hard so I let my 2 year old take a peak – toy bowling set it is! 😉 Thanks for the chance!!!

  9. Gail Carroll says

    The modius scarf is truly a dream. To name a single favorite pattern is hard, no it’s impossible. It was a pleasure reading about Kara!!

  10. Sonya Neal says

    I am LOVING the Crochet Pattern – Mobius Infinity Scarf / Wrap Pattern (includes instructions to customize fit) CUTE!! :)

  11. Amber says

    Such a cute shop! I love the Crochet Pattern – Lion Applique (for Hooded Baby Towel). Adorable and such a versatile design!

  12. Juanell says

    Hello. It is difficult to pick out just one favorite crochet pattern!!! I would have to pick the owl amiurigami (sp). I love all of your animal patterns. I really like all of your patterns, great color schematics!!!
    Sincerely, Juanell

  13. says

    I really like the Accent Flower Package for crochet. I’m not much of a crochet-er, but I think I could handle these and add them to my projects…they’d look great!

  14. barbara macaskill says

    My favorite item in Kara’s shop is the baby clutch ball pattern!! So adorable!!! Would love to be able to go shopping on Etsy for some goodies!! Thank you for the chance to!

  15. gurian6 says

    WOW, so many attractive items! I love the infinity scarf and the slippers best. I need to find someone to crochet since I can’t do it for anything…

  16. Jamie says

    I love the little owl – I so wish one day to have this talent. Starting on the beginner tool right now and praying that I can grow!! Great blog post and I’ve “liked” your pages!!

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